Step back in time in our elegant "Canterbury" Socks ...
Featuring Knit One Crochet Too's Crock O Dye yarn!
With an impressive mix of Gothic and Romanesque architecture, much of the 1400 year history of Canterbury Cathedral (and England during this time period) can be read within its beautiful walls! For that reason is it often referred to as “England in Stone".
The original cathedral was built by order of St. Augustine beginning in 598 AD. However, most of what can be seen today dates from 1067 due to a fire that all but destroyed the original structure. The cathedral's famed stained-glass windows were created in the late 1100s and early 1200s.
Its role as a monastery lasted until 1540 when King Henry VIII ordered the shrine of St. Thomas destroyed. The cathedral then became the headquarters of the Church of England.
The structure survived the Civil War of the 1640s and heavy bombing during World War II. Through all of this, the Canterbury Cathedral has remained one of the oldest and most famous spiritual buildings in England. It is awe inspiring to anyone who looks upon the expansive nave and intricate architecture of the cloisters ... both of which influenced the design of our "Canterbury" Socks!
Bonus: Get the pattern FREE with purchase of Knit One Crochet Too's Crock-O-Dye Yarn!
Thank you to Grace for suggesting Canterbury Cathedral as a theme for this month's sock!
by Amy Loberg
Pattern FREE with purchase
of Crock O Dye
The cables on the top of the Canterbury Socks were inspired by the Cathedral's cloisters built in the 15th century. And wow ... did Amy do a great job translating the gothic tracery and delicate columns into the design of these socks!
Knit from the top down starting with a twisted rib, the series of cables are mirrored front and back. Columns run down the back of the leg and the top of the foot. Another set of tracery like cables flow gracefully to the end of the toe. A full gusset and ribbed heel flap give a snug, comfortable fit. You'll love wearing these cozy, elegant socks!
7" (8", 8¾") approx. foot circumference
1 skein of Knit One Crochet Too Crock O Dye
Shown in Amber
Approximately 360, (375, 400) yards (1 skein)
2 x 24" circular needles to obtain gauge and size - SEE SIZES BELOW
Small Cuff: 2.75mm Foot: 2.25mm
Medium Cuff: 3.0mm Foot: 2.50mm
Large Cuff: 3.25mm Foot: 2.75mm or 3.0mm
28 - 30 sts = 4" in Stockinette
"Crock-O-Dye" yarn is kettle dyed for a great tonal effect. With a generous amount of silk and just enough nylon this yarn is perfect for making durable socks. It's soft and has great stitch definition as well!
65% Superwash Wool / 20% Nylon / 15% Silk
Yardage / Weight
416 yds in 100g
28 - 32 sts over 4" on US 1– 3 [2.25 – 3.25mm]
Machine Wash Cold, Dry Flat
Knit One Crochet Too has, quite literally, crossed the country. They began in 1996 in California, then in 2003 Helene Rush purchased the company and moved to Windham, Maine (just west of Portland).
|Chevron Trim Top by Helene Rush|
The name Helene Rush is probably familiar to you , but even if her name isn’t, her patterns most likely are. She has over 25 years of experience in the industry as a designer for all major knitting magazines, she is the author of five knitting books (all out of print, but available in the collectable market), and was the past editor of McCall’s Needlework and Crafts Magazine and Cast On Magazine.
Knit One Crochet Too’s yarns are selected from around the globe and feature luxury fibers along with everyday staple yarns. Each spring and fall Knit One Crochet Too launches two or three new yarns, along with patterns and kits to compliment the yarn. FiberWild! features about 20 different yarn brands from Knit One Crochet Too’s collection.
So how large is this company? Just how many employees does it take to make this yarn powerhouse a success? Just five. Yup, just five. Helene Rush herself, plus two women (one fiber artist and one shipping manager) and Helene’s two sons. I enjoy working with all of our yarn suppliers, but it is especially fun to do business with a woman-owned company that is small but known throughout the world!
To celebrate this remarkable company, we have put all of our Knit One Crochet Too yarns and patterns on sale at 20% off during the month of August 2014! So what are some of my favorite Knit One Crochet Too yarns? Well, I’m glad you asked . . . .
|2nd Time Cotton in Avocado|
|Ty-Dy Socks in Tropicale|
And what should you make with all this great yarn? We’ve got that covered, because all Knit One Crochet Too patterns are also on sale at 20% off during the month of August 2014! They have knitting patterns, of course, but as their name implies they also have great crochet patterns, too.
Happy Knitting . . . . Amy